A review of The Last of Us 2 from Microsoft emerges from the documents relating to the trial between Apple and Epic Games, and represents a truly particular spectacle, considering that these are considerations usually kept secret within the companies, but it is surprising how the article in question is well structured and also reserves a very positive judgment to Sony’s game.
Elaborations of this type are not rare within companies engaged in the production of video games or similar: it is analysis on competing products, which in this case take the form of a real videogame review. The document that emerged online is part of the “Portfolio Team – Recent Release Highlights” section, which apparently includes reviews and analysis of the most significant products released on the market. You can see the document in question reported on the ResetEra forum and in particular the screenshot at this address.
Despite being in effect a internal document by Microsoft, developed as an in-depth study and study on the production of the competition, amazes for its being in effect a classic review of a video game, written in a rather neutral and also very positive way towards The Last of Us 2, despite being a Sony game.
In particular, the passage in which we read: “The general presentation is significantly ahead than any other team is producing on consoles and PCs, “which proves the great consideration with which Naughty Dog’s work is also held within Microsoft. Even beyond the messages of praise and congratulations that occasionally arrive from Phil Spencer towards the competition, which can obviously be “politically correct” maneuvers, it is clear that there is real esteem in technical skills of competition within Xbox.
It should also be noted that the same positive judgment does not transpire too much as regards the gameplay evaluation, in particular on the front of the possible decisions left to the player on the development of the story and above all of the gunplay which is considered rather negatively, while mentioning an improvement in artificial intelligence and in the breadth of the game areas.
In any case, beyond the evaluation itself, what is surprising is also the care with which this task of reviewing competing products seems to be undertaken, judging by the quality of the piece, despite being a sort of strategic study on the opponent.
Also from the documents of the trial it also emerged that the exclusive of STALKER 2 for Xbox seems to last only 3 months, and that Microsoft intends to increase the earnings of developers also on consoles by lowering the deductions on digital sales.